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MOJO Issue 285

Launched in 1993, MOJO celebrates the stories of music's all-time greats. It does this through expertly written, insightful features and exclusive, in-depth interviews. MOJO also finds and recommends new music of quality and integrity, so if you want to read about the classics of now and tomorrow, it is definitely the music magazine for you. As founding editor Paul Du Noyer put it, MOJO has ""the sensibilities of a fanzine and the design values of Vogue."" It's lovingly put together every month by music fanatics with huge knowledge, who share your passion. And because they have unrivalled contacts in the music industry, they bring you the kind of access, news and expertise you won't find anywhere else.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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in this issue

6 min.
kiss the sky

Drummer Brant Bjork was still at high school when he formed Californian desert rock outfit Kyuss with guitarist Josh Homme and frontman John Garcia. He quit the band in ’94 and, while collaborating with other acts, he started a solo career five years later, switching to guitar and giving full rein to his love of Hendrix-inspired earth rock. This maniacal, soul-stewed six-minute-plus tune packs in a rolling groove with a real sense of freewheeling adventure. While Hendrix headed over to the UK to develop his sound in late ‘66, back home in the US Texan mavericks The 13th Floor Elevators were at the forefront of the emerging counterculture scene. In fact, word has it that the band’s jug player Tommy Hall coined the term ‘psychedelic’, advocating the use of LSD on…

5 min.
all back to my place

Jane Weaver PSYCH FOLK POP HYPNOTIST What music are you currently grooving to? A lot of Lebanese and Egyptian music from the ’70 s, that’s my thing at the minute. Fairuz and Sabah, and Warda Al-J azairia, who’s Algerian. I guess because of the Eastern strings, and the predominantly female vocal – the intonation and singing is something I can’ t do. I’m in awe of it. The David Axelrod/Electric Prunes LP Release Of An Oath has been a mainstay for the past p year, plus Curved Air’s second , Beak>, Exploded View, David Sylvia an & Ryuichi Sakamoto, and pop music my kids listen to: Rihanna, Melanie Martinez. What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album? Kate Bush, The Kick Inside. I was five or six when I saw her on…

7 min.
theories, rants, etc.

JUNE 1967: THE MONTH IN WHICH A JIMI Hendrix went from being the toast of London to a global superstar following his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. The previous month, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album, Are You Experienced. A mere seven months later, Axis: Bold As Love followed, creating the template for music that sounded both earthy and utterly out of this world. Fifty years on from that landmark year, that music still sounds ahead of its time. This month, MOJO is proud to celebrate Jimi’s eternal genius. We do so by bringing you the stories behind his greatest songs, and an interview with Eddie Kramer – a man who stood in the studio with Hendrix while he made magic. Magic that will never die… Quite simply profound Thank…

7 min.
back in god’s country

“IT’S THE FIRST TOUR WE’VE STARTED WHERE WE’VE KNOWN HOW THE ALBUM’S DONE.” Adam Clayton May 12, 2017. As U2 leave the stage at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium and the hard hats poise to begin tearing down the highest-tech video screen ever seen on a concert stage, a whirlwind extraction operation is nearing fever pitch. In the venue’s loading bay Irish women bark into walkie-talkies as a fleet of people carriers rev. Jammed into one with a selection of U2 crew and management, local resident Elvis Costello looks slightly bewildered. For a U2 tour opener it has already dodged some of the worst potential disasters. The band have not been trapped inside a giant malfunctioning lemon; neither has their guitarist fallen off the stage (as he did in Vancouver in 2015) and…

1 min.
wall of voodoo

Trackdown, currently (thanks to U2) enjoying more fame than at any point since its cancellation by the US CBS network in 1959, was a Western TV series starring Bob & Carol, Ted & Alice star Robert Culp as ice-cool Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman. In The End Of The World, Episode 30 of Series One (first broadcast May 9, 1958) a small Texas town attracts snake-oil salesman Walter Trump, a mean-eyed charlatan played with creepy brio by prolific actor-director Lawrence Dobkin, scaring the population with his weird robes and promise of a comet collision that will wipe out everything. Luckily, Trump reckons he can throw up a magnetic “wall” to protect the townsfolk – all they need do is buy his special “force repeller” umbrellas sporting discs of “magnetium”… a snip at…

4 min.
the scott-ish play

“WE’RE PLANNING ON SMASHING THAT ROOM WITH THESE INCREDIBLE SONGS.” Jules Buckley There’s an early ’70s story about Scott Walker, orch-pop’s Sinatra of soaring despair, being offered the Royal Albert Hall and an orchestra to play his self-composed songs from the five solo albums that began with 1967’s Scott and ended with 1970’s ’Til The Band Comes In. He turned it down, briefly pursuing the MOR route that would be resoundingly displaced by his post-’78 journeys into art rock’s outer darkness. Now, these songs at least will finally get their date with the storied venue. As part of the 2017 BBC Proms season, July 25 will see Richard Hawley, John Grant, Suzanne Sundfør and Jarvis Cocker interpret much-admired early Walker solo material backed by versatile ensemble Heritage Orchestra, whose previous projects include…